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2) 4

3) 5

4) I enjoy writing critiques of shows or reviews so this was not a particularly painful process for me.  I attempted to delve into the chapter content while not trying to totally regurgitate the plot of each episode.  I believe I did well at making connections between the show and the chapters.

5) Participation on other people’s blogs could have been a little stronger on my part.  Some weeks it was easy to find a good blog to make a comment on while other weeks it was more difficult to find a good blog.

6) I liked reviewing the show. It was a good way to not just focus on whatever the central plot of each episode was for the week.

7) I disliked having to post on other peoples blogs.  It was hard to find detailed posts some weeks that I could really dig into and leave a good meaty response to.

8) In the future maybe you can just make the blog posts related to a particular life experience that happened in the past week.  Or maybe every other week have a news article assignment where everyone finds an article and relates it to the current weeks chapter.

The end is near in week 9

After last weeks surprising blind side elimination of Jeremy, this weeks show had a lot to live up to.  It has become very apparent that an alliance means nothing from day to day.  One day you can be best friends the next you are leading a revolt agaisnt your best friend.  This week was noticeable for the methods of motivation that were on display.  During the immunity challenge there was a clear reward motivation.  Jeff challenged the players to resist the tempting food rewards that were being placed in front of them.  Many of the contestants found the food to be worth more than the potential immunity reward.  This tactic came back to hurt Wes the most.  He decided that chicken wings were more important that the immunity idol and now he is free to eat all of the chicken wings he wants because he was voted off of the show.  There was also an overriding feeling of the motivator known as sense of choice.  Reed concocoted a plan to overthrow Jon and forced the other tribe members to make a tough choice.  The choice was a motivation for each and every tribe member.  They could chose to keep going along with what they had been doing and maybe that would work out.  Or they could chose to overthrow the most powerful person and change the game, potentially majorly, in their own favor.  In the end however Jon wisened up at the last moment due to a critical blunder by Keith.  Jon played his immunity idol and the aforementioned Wes was the tribe member that was sent packing.  See you next week….

week 7

This weeks episode was a full on display on how leadership can affect a group.  The two dueling “leaders” Josh and Jeremy squared off in a decisive week of the show.  Survivor went out of its way to really promote the showdown between the leader of both alliances.  Every plot line of the episode revolved around who would win in this battle for power.  Josh wants to vote out Baylor? John finds a hidden immunity idol? Wes can’t handle a few martinis? All of these plot lines were connected to how the weeks tribal vote would play out.  And we found out Wes can drink around what appeared to be 3 martinis.

Josh and Jeremy both made different plays for power.  Josh really seemed to be going for a coercive type of power over Baylor.  He kept reminding her that she owed him due to previous actions by Josh.  He kept pushing onto Baylor what he thought was the correct actions that needed to take place.  Josh also attempted to run a very autocratic alliance.  All of the groups decisions seemed to be based upon what he felt was correct.  I dont think any other plan was ever even mentioned until Josh started saying he felt voting Baylor out was the right move.  Jeremy on the other hand seems to have more of a delegated type of power.  His alliance has referred power over to him but he runs a very democratic style.  There was never a wavering moment amongst his alliance.  Now winning the immunity challenge clearly helped his cause, but Jeremy really seems like he is very loyal to his group.  All throughout the show he has been seen fraternizing with his fellow tribe members and they all seem to get along.  Which brings up to next week.  Now that Josh is out the obvious plan would seem to be Jeremy’s alliance slowly voting out the other group one by one.  This of course means that none of the will happen and another big curve is on the way.  See you next week!

Week 6: The Merge

The long awaited tribal merging has arrived.  New alliances were formed and new twists in the game developed.  Really though nothing major happened.  Tribe had a merging feast, lady kept some extra trail mix to herself, rest of tribe caught her and flipped out.  Okay maybe more happened then I first let on.  The tone of the week was set fairly early on also.  A lot of non verbal actions were taking place throughout the entire episode.  Many stern looks were given and many closed off body postures as well.  The key plot point of the episode revolved around the battle of Jeremey versus Josh.  Each participant was attempting to persuade the rest of the tribe members to join their new proposed alliances.  These events are what led to all of the non verbal actions.  Several times during the episode Jeremey and Josh would pass by each other and exchange cold stares.  Even when sitting next to each other they had their arms folded up while turned away from each other.  Though the two never directly spoke it was obvious to all of the tribe members that there was conflict between the two combatants.

The other major occurrence happened when someone got a little to greedy with trail mix.  So what happens when you hold out with a few handfuls of trail mix while everyone around you is stuck eating a handful of rice a day?  Well apparently the answer is to shun the trail mix thief.  A destructive climate was created around Julie because of her actions.  The rest of the tribe coldly shut her out to the point that she ended up quitting the game.  Every time she walked by someone a look of disgust or a criticizing remark was flung her way.  I am not 100% sure if Julie ever figured out why the tribe was not receptive to her anymore but one look into her empty satchel would have provided her with an easy answer.  So onward to next week we march.  Will Jeremey or Josh triumph in their attempt to gain power in the newly formed huyopa tribe or will a new twist change up the dynamic of the game??? Stay tuned…..

Survivor week 5

The biggest takeaway from this episode regarding the chapter is how much pseudo and selective listening was taking place.  Both tribes displayed very poor listening skills. Starting with the hunaphu tribe, we saw the group attempt to make a collective decision about food. The scene played out as if a few group members had already decided they were going to make a trade with Jeff.  They pretended like anyone else’s opinion mattered but in reality they were only pseudolistening.   Jeremey in particular seemed to have an entirely different than what the other members felt but no one seemed to be interested in what he was saying. You could see the tribe members just nodding as he spoke and then continue on with their pre made decision. The worst part about this action was that Jeremy ended up being correct.  However because no one listened to Jeremey the tribe may have created a disgruntled group member through their destructive listening habits. This may very well come back to haunt them very soon.

The coyopa tribe once again displayed very poor group chemistry. This tribe already had pre conceived notions about Dale and his daughter. This led to lots of selective listening and also the tribe members were listening to evaluate Dale. Everything Dale said from the moment they arrived back from the tribal voting session was under scrutiny.  John did not care about anything Dale said until Dale took out the fake immunity idol. That moment sparked discussions amongst the other tribe members in which everyone was only trying to pick out conversation topics that benefitted them. Did Dale have an idol or not was a hot topic while everything else fell by the wayside. At the end everyone showed that even though they were seemingly evaluating the idol situation, it turned out it was all false. The tribe had already made their decision about the vote and lots of pseudolistnening had taken place. Let’s see what happens next week when the tribes “merge”. Stay tuned……

Week 4

I found the most interesting aspect of this weeks episode to be how the indiviualist vs collectivist ideas played out.  When the new tribes were assembled you could see very quickly how the new disbursement of group members were affecting people.  The new tribe members quickly attempted to assimilate into a collective in time for the next immunity challenge.  This actually runs as a theme throughout the show.  Every time there is a new challenge the tribes try to band together to accomplish the same goal.  As soon as there is s a losing tribe, the politics take over.  Everyone tries to make the best decision for themselves.  The goals of the group no long matter and the game becomes an individualized affair.  Attmepts at making alliances on the surface are meant to benefit the memebers of the alliance. Those bonds are broken because an individual finds a better way to give their own being an advantage.

We see that the game follows this pattern every week.  Balancing a group mentality when their are also hidden agendas is a complicated matter for any group.  Groups struggle when members are only focused on their own goals.  However groups also struggle when no one wants to make a decision because they do not want to offend other group members.  Survivor does a great job of showing this dynamic.  One of the biggest dilemmas that I am noticing for the tribe members is how to handle this polarizing topic.  When is it best to be all in for the team and when is the perfect time to strike out on your own and make a move that soley benefits one member. We have seen this play out a week ago when Drew made the mistake of putting himself ahead of the group.  It will be interesting to see when the next move is made by an indiviual to get ahead in the game.  This past week seemed to be about two sets of groups trying to assert their power over the rest of the tribe.  Now that one of the groups has lost a member we will see how Dale attacks his new situation.  He clearly has lost his closest partner of the group and now will need to try to assimilate into a tribe that voted off his loved one.  Will the individual be able to work within the group or will the collective vote him off next week? Stay tuned…

 

The False Genius

I swear, just last week I thought John Rocker displayed the heights of stupidity.  Boy was I wrong.  Could the people on this show be any dumber? The genius that is Drew was on full display this week.  I can understand fixing a challenge when there is an overarching plan behind the curtain.  Had Drew hatched a plan to vote someone off and was in agreeance with other tribe members then hey brillant move.  Good job establishing power over the tribe.  Of course, as seems to be how this show works, none of this was true.  As soon as he started with the cocky monolouges you knew his time was up.  Maybe these people are all high off of wild berries and mushrooms but man, could the people on this show possibly make any worse decisions?? Guess we will find out next episode.

The biggest example of a concept from this episode was shown by dearly departed friend Drew.  He displayed many of the qualities of destructive conflict.  He consistently spoke with a disrespectful tone towards his tribe mates.  The conversation he attempted to have with Jeremy about voting off Jill (sorry if I got the name wrong)  was all about Drew being destructive.  He was very inflexible and only seeking out a resolution to the issues in which he won.  Drew became so destructive as a tribe member that it threw the entire tribe into a state of chaos. This ultimately led to his dismissal.

Survivor Blog 2

This week on survivor the infamous John Rocker showed how one group member can disrupt a tribe.  Before I get into a few of the member roles that I noticed I want to quickly rant about how terrible of a strategy Mr. Rocker employed.  The blond girl in his group pretty clearly stated during the vote session, sorry I dont remember what it is actually called, that the group alliances were thinking of going in a different direction.  That should have tipped Rocker off then and there that something was amidst.  Foolishy, or maybe due to a ego complex, Rocker did not fully comprehend what was going on.  The other members that were in on the plan realized the boneheaded mistake that the blond girl had made.  They attempted as best they could to cover up for her.  That didnt work as the lady once again very clearly stated that a curve was coming in the vote.  How Rocker did not see the giant red flags that were being waved all around him that he was about to be voted out did not make any sense to me or my wife.  I mean how oblivious can you be.  Even if you have the slimmest possiblity that you might be voted out shouldnt you play that immunity necklace.  If something happened that I didnt notice please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Now as far as how the chapter correlated to the show I found that the group roles were on display while the tribe was discussing who to vote out.  Several of the tribe members were opinion givers.  The girl Baylor was very adamant about expressing her opinion that Rocker should be voted out.  She also became an elaborator because she laid out exactly why Rocker should be voted out .  Josh took on the task of being the group coordinator because he concoted the plan that eventually worked out.  Rocker took on the self-centered role of dominator.  As soon as the challenge ended he was pushing his thoughts and plans onto the other tribe members.  The tribe did not like the way in which he had been conducting himself and in the end it ended his time in the jungle.  Hopefully next week the fish that the orange tribe is now eating will help to encourage better brain function than what has been exhibited so far.

 

Survivor Week 1

The first two weeks of survivor clearly demonstrated how important the process of group development was. The first two proponents of group development were front and center. The forming stage and the primary tension stage are what led to the first two contestants getting voted off of the show. The first contestant Nadiya was voted out because of primary tension.  The other tribe members were uneasy with her because of her previous actions on a different show. The other members did not trust her and you can see that there was not much disclosure with her. There was a lot of short, small talk when she was around. The group as a whole were all being very polite to each other but Nadiya could never advance past the primary tension stage with the group.

The second tribe member that was voted out was Val.  Val ran into a problem because she did not get time to form bonds with the rest of the tribe during the forming stage of group development. Val missed the vital first few days of tribe bonding. Her lacking prescience early on led to the rest of the tribe bonding without her and that left Val as the odd person out. The rest of the tribe was well into the group development process while Val was still attemtpting to get past stage one. Val was eventually excluded from the group because of her lack of time with the group.

The big thing that does not help with any of the members performing to their best within the group is that everyone has their own hidden agendas. Each tribe member is doing what is the most beneficial for themselves over the group at one point or another. When tough choices need to be made in the group, each member seems like they only think about what is best for themselves. The scene where the older gentleman was trying to make fire was a good example. He repeatedly said that he was glad he got the fire started because it might prove his worth to the group and keep him from being voted out. His intention on the surface seemed to be to help the group, but privately he was just doing what would serve himself best.

Survivor Week 1

The first two weeks of survivor clearly demonstrated how important the process of group development was. The first two proponents of group development were front and center. The forming stage and the primary tension stage are what led to the first two contestants getting voted off of the show. The first contestant Nadiya was voted out because of primary tension.  The other tribe members were uneasy with her because of her previous actions on a different show. The other members did not trust her and you can see that there was not much disclosure with her. There was a lot of short, small talk when she was around. The group as a whole were all being very polite to each other but Nadiya could never advance past the primary tension stage with the group.

The second tribe member that was voted out was Val.  Val ran into a problem because she did not get time to form bonds with the rest of the tribe during the forming stage of group development. Val missed the vital first few days of tribe bonding. Her lacking prescience early on led to the rest of the tribe bonding without her and that left Val as the odd person out. The rest of the tribe was well into the group development process while Val was still attemtpting to get past stage one.